To overcome the January blues, I’m reflecting on the festive period and already getting myself excited for Christmas 2019…
Continuing the efforts to boost our Christmas spirit, we booked tickets to Blenheim Palace’s Festive Light Trail, after recommendations from friends. Located in Oxfordshire, Blenheim is a World Heritage Site and its buildings and grounds are stunning, even without all the Christmas decorations!
I’d highly advise wearing your warm clothes and wellies or boots as the trail can get very muddy, if only Joel had known this before ruining yet another pair of Converse…
As soon as you enter the grounds, it feels very nostalgic with traditional fairground rides, fresh sugared donuts and hot chocolates (they’re heart-attack-material, but I definitely recommend). You then wander through the grounds to the start of the trail for your designated time slot – we booked for 6pm, which wasn’t too busy compared to the 7.30pm onwards slots!
The trail is around 2 miles long and each section is completely different from the next. Whoever footed the electricity bill for the month will definitely be living off rice and beans for the next year…
Every display from: flower forests to animated water displays to Christmas presents were so brightly lit that as soon as I looked away and tried to continue walking in the dark, I couldn’t see a thing because my eyes were dazzled!
The displays are well-organised with different music playing that coordinated with the flashing of the lights. This kind of organisation does wonders for my OCD-mind!
The atmosphere is so Christmassy and family orientated, and you just don’t know where to look next! Although, one thing to look out for is the homemade gourmet marshmallows that you can buy and toast on the enormous fire-pits. I can confirm that the prosecco and raspberry flavour is insane! Be careful not to end up with a massive melted marshmallow moustache (I really hope my English teacher would be proud of that alliteration!) like I did…
It was so nice to try something new to celebrate Christmas and it proved that the magic isn’t just for children because I absolutely loved the trail and proceeded to show my family the 200+ photographs that I took as soon as I got home (they were thrilled as you can imagine)…
I’ll definitely be going back the Blenheim next Christmas and I hope it’s going to boast brand new displays!
There were also advertisements for Shakespeare performances at Blenheim Palace in the summer, which I would love to go and see – unfortunately, without Joel as he eagerly protested against the idea.
“We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.”– Laura Ingalls Wilder
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire